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Corydon gives OK for signs, events, equipment

The Board of Zoning Appeals had one of its longest meetings in recent memory May 4, mostly dealing with a variance request by Herd Pack LLC to allow the company to continue to operate its cow hide grading business in one of the old Hurst Lumber Co. buildings along Hurst Lane.
In addition to a couple of nearby residents who thought the business was generally a detriment to the area, Missy Bush-Sawtelle, who lives on Harrison Springs west of Corydon, again expressed concern about the possibility that storm water containing salt ‘ which Herd Pack owner Matt Gibson said is sometimes used on the hides either through the flooding of the building or from clearing salt off of a loading dock ‘ could make its way to Big Indian Creek and then Harrison Springs, thus putting rare native water species in danger. Catherine Turcotte, executive director of Main Street Corydon, also spoke against the variance due to future plans for the former Keller Manufacturing Co. site, which neighbors the old Hurst Lumber property.
‘It is being considered for future residential and retail development, and we don’t feel like hide processing would be attractive there,’ Turcotte said.
Members of the board agreed a business like Herd Pack was considered inappropriate for the building and location.
When asked by Bill Taylor of Main Street Corydon about why the business was moved from its prior location in Lanesville, owner Matt Gibson said it made economic sense.
‘I felt like renting (in Corydon) versus putting up a $250,000 to $300,000 building was the better option at the time,’ Gibson said. ‘It wasn’t so much that we moved, but we needed more room.’
BZA board member Les Rhoads fell back on the original town ordinance that calls for no tanning, curing or storage of rawhides or skins.
The variance request by Herd Pack was disapproved unanimously.
The Corydon Town Council, on April 27, gave approval for a number of signs in the special sign district in downtown Corydon.
Signs for Maria Bussabarger’s law office along Elm Street, Bonnie Hayes’ Picker’s Nest business along Chestnut Street, the new Fred Cammack Corydon Farmers Market along South Mulberry Street, Granny’s Good Samaritan Center along Hurst Lane and BR Grafix along North Mulberry Street all received the go-ahead for their sign requests.
To start the meeting, board president Glenn Thienel noted the recent passing of former board president Dr. Len Waite, who served on the board as president for a number of years.
The town council also recently approved a benefit 5k run/walk for Saturday, May 23, at 9 a.m. but noted to organizers that the West Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic due to repair work set to begin May 4 and ending by July 31.
The council also approved approximately $2,300 for a new computer server and the installation of stop signs, at least temporarily, at the intersection of Wyandotte and Williar avenues and at the intersection of Jordan, Harrison and Short.
On April 6, the Corydon Planning and Zoning appeals board passed on to the Corydon Town Council a revised zoning violation ordinance. The prior schedule, which was close to 60 years old, called for those accused of violations to be fined between $10 and $300 per day; now, the fines are between $100 and $1,000 per day. The Corydon Town Council, on April 13, approved the proposal, which won’t go into effect until the ordinance has been published twice in this newspaper.
The zoning board also gave approval for a revised animal control ordinance. Much of the ordinance falls in line with the current Harrison County animal control ordinance, with one of the main changes from the former ordinance being that livestock animals such as chickens may not be kept within 100 feet of an adjoining property line.
In another matter, the Corydon Town Council heard from two representatives from HR Affiliates regarding developing an employee handbook for the town. According to one of the representatives, Mary Sullivan, the company developed employee handbooks for the city of Jeffersonville as well as one for Oldham County, Ky.
Jill Saegesser, with River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission, was on hand to ask the council to look into the appointment of steering committee members for the town’s Comprehensive Plan.
Also, the council agreed to a change order of $3,896.04 for a four-way valve to be installed as part of a water-line connection on Country Club Road.
As for upcoming events, the council approved the second 5k run/walk fundraiser on Saturday, May 9, at 8 a.m. for Labor of Love, an event that honors all military personnel, both past and present, and approved the closing of Chestnut Street between Capitol Avenue and Mulberry Street on Saturday, July 11, for a re-enactment of Morgan’s Raid. The street would be closed from about 10 a.m. to about 5:30 p.m., with two re-enactments, one at noon and the other at 4 p.m.